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7 October 2014

People with epilepsy urged to seek flu jab advice

Don’t wait until there’s a flu outbreak before seeking advice about your jab this winter, is the message being given to people with neurological conditions such as epilepsy.The Department of Health advises people who may be at risk of complications from flu, to contact their GP to see if they are eligible for an annual free flu jab. People with epilepsy are not automatically entitled to the jab, the decision is at the discretion of individual GPs or pharmacists.

Carers however are entitled to receive the flu vaccine. People with epilepsy, deemed not sufficiently at risk from flu, can request to have the the jab, but they would have to pay for it. 

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through coughs and sneezes. Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely and usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat.

More advice is available from NHS Choices.